I've been sent a text to book my vaccination
COVID-19 Update 9.12.21 – Booster Vaccinations
Following updated guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) , the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme is working on plans to offer:
- a booster dose to everyone aged 18 years old and over who isn’t already eligible
- a booster dose to people aged 16 years old and over with a severely weakened immune system
- booster doses from 3 months after the previous dose. Currently it's from 6 months after the previous dose
- a 2nd dose to all children aged 12 to 15 years old who are not already eligible for one
NHS England and NHS Improvement will shortly be issuing a system letter outlining how this will be operationalised. A Patient Group Direction (PGD) will be issued as soon as possible.
In the meantime, please advise members of the public who enquire that the NHS will let people in these groups know when they can get their vaccination, and to wait to be contacted. The NHS will prioritise those at greatest risk, starting with clinically vulnerable people and older adults, and will offer the booster vaccination in order of descending age group.
If you are an informal carer for a friend or relative please get in touch with the practice and let us know. We will link your details and log it in our system. If they are not registered with us we will need their NHS number to do this.
Informal carers are offered referral for support and are also eligible for the flu vaccine each year. This year they are also part of Cohort 6 of the Covid vaccine rollout which will be taking place later in the spring.
We have to follow government guidelines so you will need to either provide proof of carers allowance or be the unpaid main carer for an elderly or vulnerable adult.
We cannot register multiple individuals as main carer so please do not ask the reception team to do this as it puts them in a very difficult position when they have to decline.
Covid Vaccine Health and Social Care Workers
Until 28th February eligible health and social care workers can book via the link below to go to a mass vaccination site.
The guidance from the NHS is below:
When using the online or telephone service, social care workers will need to self-declare at the point of booking and will be asked for identification and written authorisation when they attend their vaccination appointment. This includes a work photo ID card, authorisation letter from the local authority, a signed letter of authorisation from their employer or wage slip that is dated within the last 3 months. Where work photo ID is not available, alternative photographic identification is required to support verification.
The following are, however, not eligible within this priority group as defined by the JCVI:
- Administrative staff who do not have any direct contact with clients.
- Social care workers working with children who are not considered priority within the context of the JCVI priority cohorts 1-9 (children under 16 who do not have underlying health conditions leading to greater risk of disease or mortality and children who have no underlying health conditions).
- Unpaid carers
- Teachers and teaching assistants